- Pro: Free and specialty restaurants continuously exceed expectations
- Con: Signs of wear evident throughout the ship
- Bottom Line: Mid-sized ship with a friendly, care-free atmosphere
Westerdam's cabin apportionment reflects the industry-wide appeal of verandahs (67 percent). Verandah cabins, the most common cabin type, measure from 212 square feet to 359 square feet, each including an 80-square-foot balcony. The verandah is sufficiently large for two comfortable wicker-look chairs with seat pads and a small teak pedestal table ample for a couple of drinks but nothing more.
Signature Suites (372 square feet to 384 square feet) feature a larger sitting area with a sofa bed and a balcony that measures about 104 square feet. The best part of these suites and higher categories is the bathroom, with a full-size whirlpool bath with separate shower stall and a dual-sink vanity.
All staterooms have Eurotop mattresses, waffle weave bathrobes, massaging showerheads, magnifying lighted makeup mirrors at the vanity/desk, powerful hair dryers, phones, flat-screen TVs, DVD players (films are free with a phone call to the front desk), stocked minibars (extra charge) and safes. Fresh fruit is provided free on request. Nightly turn-down service brings wrapped chocolates and a cute towel animal. The decor is mostly neutral beige walls accented by peach or rose fabrics and brightly colored framed artwork.
The smallest cabins on the ship are standard insides at 151 square feet (though some measure 233); oceanviews come in between 174 square feet and 180 square feet. Twenty-eight cabins are specially designated for passengers with disabilities.
Verandah staterooms are comfortable for two, but there's little room to spare. There is plenty of storage space in the wardrobes and two large drawers under the bed. If one is filled with extra bedding, ask the steward to remove it. A round stool at the vanity/desk also stores extra sheets, while the desk itself holds the minibar, glassware and hairdryer. No storage space there. There is a loveseat, coffee table and spare chair next to the balcony window/door. Beds are supremely comfortable and may be arranged as either twins or one queen (actually two twins pushed together and covered with queen sheets and blankets).
Most bathrooms have a tub/shower combination, but some verandahs and oceanviews plus all interiors have a shower only with a plastic curtain. Elemis bath gel, shampoo and conditioner are provided in wall dispensers in the shower. Hand lotion comes in a small bottle. There's plenty of space to stow your own toiletries on the shelf under the sink or in the medicine cabinet. Some passengers complain about mid-ship Deck 5 verandahs because they look out onto the tops of the lifeboats, and the sun's reflection on the roofs of the tenders can make this a hotspot.
For those wanting more space and services, the ship offers larger suites. Neptune Suites range from 500 square feet to 712 square feet, including a 119-square-foot balcony. The beds are kings rather than queens and have duvets rather than blankets. The largest accommodations are the two 1,150-square-foot Pinnacle Suites. Verandahs (250 square feet) are large enough to hold chaise lounges and dining-sized tables -- a plus in warm climates.
Added amenities for all suites include fresh flowers and umbrellas. For top-suite passengers (Neptune and Pinnacle), there are two prime perks. One is the Neptune Lounge, a private room with comfortable seating areas, large flat-screen TV, reading materials and a concierge who serves various snacks (from light breakfast fare to hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour). The concierge can book dinner reservations and shore tours and handle purser's desk requests. The second perk is the opportunity to have a full breakfast in the peaceful surroundings of the Pinnacle Grill, which is only open to VIP passengers in the morning.
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